AMERICA ON THE WAYNE DEPT.
MAGNUM FARCE DEPT.
Yesterday, spineless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to put up for a vote a bill that would ban assault weapons.
He claimed the bill didn’t have the necessary support to pass. But by shamelessly not putting it up for a vote, even if it were doomed to defeat, he gave himself and all his gutless, NRA-owned Democratic colleagues political coverage. He went ahead and made Wayne LaPierre’s day.
To quiet those who have questioned the president’s gun use, the White House released a photo over the weekend that showed Obama skeet shooting. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words — but in this case, the picture is only telling half the story (so, it’s really only, like, 500 words…600 words max). What was really in Obama's sights? We can only speculate.
NRA honchos Wayne LaPierre and David Keene have been in the news lately steadfastly opposing any new gun control legislation. Whether they’re suggesting armed guards in schools, or saying Obama thinks his kids are better than yours (which, to be fair, they probably are...), every time they open their mouths, these two doofs set back the dialogue. On the upside, with their laughable defenses, if the NRA ever lets them go, they should think about going pro in comedy!
Earlier today, Vice President Joe Biden delivered his report on gun violence to President Obama. Now, we deliver to you a sneak peek at our upcoming back cover. We’re sure that all Americans will want to proudly hang it in their home, though not all for the same reason. Pick up a copy of MAD #520, on sale February 19, to get your frame-worthy print.
Sampler stitched by Deborah Woodbridge
Taking a cue from Westchester County’s Journal News, which recently published the names and addresses of gun permit-holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties, MAD boldly uses this same exposé technique to focus attention on another problem afflicting Americans of all ages: tooth decay among gum owners. How bad is the situation in your neighborhood? We begin today with a look at the very same area that the Journal News used for their controversial map.
MAD has a long history of running a wide variety of material on our back covers: fake ads, magazine parodies, comics, and more. To wrap up 2012, each member of the MAD staff selected a favorite back cover and explained why this one stands out above hundreds of others. Come back tomorrow to see another pick, and to read them all, click here!
MAD #308, January 1992
Selected by Senior Editor Joe Raiola
Joe says: "At the risk of blowing my own comedy horn, this parody of an NRA ad, which I wrote with my pal Charlie Kadau, is among my favorite MAD back covers. First, in the pre-Photoshop era, Irving Schild’s photographic wizardry was simply astonishing. But what I love best about this is the back story. Soon after the spoof was published, MAD was deluged with hundreds of letters from angry NRA members, each threatening to 'boycott our advertisers' — at a time when the magazine was advertiser-free. You can’t make this stuff up!"
Abraham Lincoln once said “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” And after a week of silence regarding the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT, the NRA learned that lesson the hard way. This afternoon, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre held a press conference where he suggested that having armed guards in all schools would prevent something like Newtown from happening again. He also claimed that guns weren’t responsible for gun violence — rather, it was movies, videogames, music and the media that was at fault. We can’t wait to see who he blames for his terrible performance.
On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association released its first statement regarding the horrific shooting in Newtown, CT. It was brief and concise — mainly because much of the original draft was edited out. Fortunately, a copy of the unabridged version was made available to us.